• 2011 Pirates Season Recap: Progress Was Made

    The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped their 2011 regular season up last night, finishing with a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, and dropping to a 72-90 record.  The record marked their 19th consecutive losing season in a row, which was frustrating for a lot of Pirates fans after the team reached first place in...

  • Translating the Attendance Increase to Potential Payroll

    Back in February, there was a big stir in the Pittsburgh media started from an interview on this site.  In our pre-season interview with Frank Coonelly, the Pirates’ President made the following comment: Kevin: Would the Pirates be able to afford a $70M to $80M payroll, in present-day worth, if this current group...

  • Point-Counterpoint on the Potential for an International Draft

    In recent weeks with the talk of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations heating up, there has been talk of whether or not an international draft could happen. Wilbur Miller and I have differing opinions on the viability of an international draft.

  • Giving Ross Ohlendorf Another Chance

    On Wednesday, Pittsburgh Pirates right hander Ross Ohlendorf put up his worst line of the season, giving up seven runs on seven hits in two innings.  The outing took his season ERA to 8.29 in 33.2 innings in an injury filled 2011 season.  Ohlendorf was eligible for arbitration this past off-season, and...

  • Where Are the Hitting Prospects?

    The first draft of the 2012 top 50 prospects for the 2012 Prospect Guide was completed last night, which means we’re about a thousand mini-changes away from the list being completed.  As I was formatting the top 50 section of the Prospect Guide today, it really stuck out how many pitching prospects...

  • Pirates Who Are Out of Options in 2012

    The option status of players on the 40-man roster is always an important situation to follow.  Remaining options play a big role in who gets roster spots.  A guy who is out of options is usually going to win a roster spot over a guy with options if the two players are...

  • 2011 Pirates Prospects Hitter of the Year

    Earlier this week we named Kyle McPherson as our 2011 Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Year.  The voting was unanimous, which reflected how McPherson stood ahead of the rest of the pack throughout the 2011 season.  For our 2011 Hitter of the Year, the voting was also unanimous, although that’s not necessarily...

  • The Odds of Losing a Player to the Rule 5 Draft

    I talked on Wednesday about the Pirates players that are eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft in December.  When talking about who needs to be protected, there needs to be some perspective as to which players are most frequently drafted, and more importantly, which players have the best chance of being...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Rule 5 Eligible Players

    The Rule 5 draft is always a big topic for Pittsburgh Pirates fans.  Ever since the team lost five players in the first six picks of the 2003 draft, fans have focused on who the Pirates need to protect.  The 2011 draft will be the first draft where college players taken in...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Minor League Free Agents

    The following Pittsburgh Pirates players will be eligible for minor league free agency during the 2011/2012 off-season: Anthony Claggett* Jose Ascanio Dusty Brown Jeff Clement Nelson Figueroa Sean Gallagher Aaron Heilman Steven Jackson Andy Marte Dan Meyer Garrett Olson Greg Picart Travis Scott Justin Thomas Wyatt Toregas Donald Veal Corey Wimberly Tyler...